Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tree study # 2, same photo

Same photo, different values in the painting. I put these side by side so you could see how it's the same tree casting the interesting shadows, but with the foliage and the background treated differently. Below is the photo I took at Lakewood Park. If you squint at the photo, you can see how the tree, foliage, river, and river bank all disappear into the same value. In order to make a painting of it, I had to re-arrange the values in the photo. This I learned from Johannes Vloothuis. Don't take a photo at face value! 

"Tree Study #2" 5x7 watercolor on 140# cp paper


Lee Pierce said...

What a difference - and I love them both! Thanks for sharing the original photo reference. What strikes me in the photo is the cast shadows. I notice you took advantage of that in both studies. Nice work TB!

Theresa Bayer said...

Thanks Lee. The powerful cast shadows are what attracted me to take the photo. The rest of the photo must be compensated for. Or combined with another photo. I'm considering further developments.

Kimberly Vanlandingham said...

Cool seeing them side by side. Great job on both.